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Transport Scotland joins EV charge point network

Transport Scotland has announced that all 500 of its existing free-to-use electric vehicle (EV) charge points are to be added to the Charge Your Car network. In addition, a further 250 charge points will be installed across Scotland and connected to the network by March 2013; more than doubling its size. Transport Scotland purchased the OCPP (Open Charge Point Protocol) compliant charge points from various manufacturers, including APT, Charging Solutions, Elektromotive, PODPoint and Siemens, and is connecting them to Charge Your Car’s OCPP charge point management system.

Launched in 2010 as the ‘North East Plugged in Places’ scheme, Charge Your Car is the UK’s first national open-access network. It was the first network to introduce DC rapid charge points and in 2011, the first to introduce pay-as-you-go recharging, using a pay-by-phone system. It enables EV drivers to roam and access recharging infrastructure in the same way that they buy petrol or park their car, without requiring multiple membership cards or payment of subscriptions. The system works by connecting EV drivers to charge point owners; providing a service to both customer groups. From April 2013, EV drivers will be able to access the Charge Your Car network via an application on their smartphone. Unlike current apps, which offer limited map functionality, the new app will enable EV drivers to access and instigate a charge at any pay-as-you-go charge point, making recharging quick, convenient and affordable.

Mike Foster, senior project manager at Transport Scotland, said, “We are putting in place the infrastructure that will enable Scotland’s motorists to purchase and operate electric vehicles. By joining the Charge Your Car network we are ensuring that EV drivers everywhere will be able to access and use our infrastructure in a way that is convenient for them” Alexandra Prescott, operations manager at Charge Your Car, commented, “We’re delighted that Transport Scotland has chosen to join our network, bringing us another step closer to our goal of 10,000 public access pay-as-you-go charge points across the UK.”

August 30, 2012

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